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Keccak Chosen as SHA-3 Competition Winner, But Will Take Years To Make Its Mark

Keccak Chosen as SHA-3 Competition Winner, But Will Take Years To Make Its Mark

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has finally chosen a replacement for one of the most widely-used computer security algorithms, following a five year contest among the world’s leading cryptographers. NIST hopes that the new algorithm will reassure those security experts who previously raised concerns over its existing Secure Hash Algorithm gold standard, although it admitted it could be several years before it’s put to any meaningful use. The winning algorithm, Keccak (pronounced “catch-ack”), was chosen from among 63 other submissions made to the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) Competition at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Tuesday. NIST’s algorithms are... more »
Xbox Election 2012 Hub Goes Into Operation During Debates, Reviews Well [UPDATED]

Xbox Election 2012 Hub Goes Into Operation During Debates, Reviews Well [UPDATED]

With the US Presidential election closing in, Microsoft’s bid to provide a new form of interactive polling, the Election 2012 hub for Xbox has started to promote questions about the recent debates. Every night at midnight PT, the hub gets updated with a new poll question, new users answer a demographic survey to place them into context, and poll numbers are crunched; but for Xbox LIVE users there will also be an “interactive” polling mechanism that enables partners to push questions (and receive answers) during debates themselves.) In an article on The Verge, the nature of the “interactive” polling method is... more »
Data Centers: Issues and Innovations on the Influence of Social Networks

Data Centers: Issues and Innovations on the Influence of Social Networks

Rising use of social networks, rising energy costs, and a need to understand new technology such as virtualization and cloud computing are among the top issue IT leaders face in the ever evolving data center. The modern data center, which contains thousands and tens of thousands of servers and storage systems, is used to manage an array difficult tasks. Search engines, social networks, cloud environments, high-performance computing clusters require a new approach to the architecture of the system and its maintenance. Social, mobile trends impact the infrastructure . Organizations are increasingly dependent on information technology. However, a two-hour outage may impact the value of... more »
ZocDoc "Checks In" So You Can Check Out Faster

ZocDoc "Checks In" So You Can Check Out Faster

ZocDoc, the web-based medical booking platform that allows users to find and book appointments with doctors online, has added a new feature to its service that aims to speed up the whole ‘checking in’ process by letting patients fill out those irritating medical forms before they arrive. Known simply as “Check-In”, the new feature will be free for patients, while medical providers that already pay $250 a month to use ZocDoc will not be charged anything more. Patients and doctors alike will both benefit, as from now on those forms will only ever have to be filled out once - after... more »
Cloudant Takes NoSQL to the U.S. Intelligence Community in Partnership with IQT

Cloudant Takes NoSQL to the U.S. Intelligence Community in Partnership with IQT

Cloudant, the company that provides the level of NoSQL data as a service, announced a custom development and strategic investment agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), an independent non-profit venture capital firm funded by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. As part of the agreement, In-Q-Tel will recommend to the institutions of the U.S. government to use the Data Layer secure NoSQL-based cloud database services of Cloudant host. The Web and mobile applications services will help the U.S. government to build scalable mobile and web applications in more flexible and interactive ways. “Cloudant’s background managing big data for physics research, and its scalable... more »
EMC's Oracle Architect Talks Backup at Oracle Open World 2012

EMC's Oracle Architect Talks Backup at Oracle Open World 2012

Darryl Smith, the Chief Oracle Architect in EMC's Global IT organization sat down on theCube at Oracle Open World 2012 to talk about the EMC Oracle environment and how they are meeting the incredible demands of that environment. Smith is responsible for all databases at EMC, including one of the largest Oracle Applications and Database Grid deployments in the world. With Smith in this role, the organization has captured and documented best practices learned from managing a global deployment of Oracle Applications, Middleware and Database Grids and actively engaging with EMC and Oracle customers to share EMC's experiences. The environment consists... more »
Big Data Startup Trifacta Sets Its Sights On The Holy Grail

Big Data Startup Trifacta Sets Its Sights On The Holy Grail

Gathering big data, crunching it, storing it somewhere - all of this is relatively easy thanks to the Moore’s Law and the unstoppable march of storage technology. The difficulty with big data comes with trying to glean actual information from it, and turn it into something that people can work with and benefit from. Enter Trifacta, the latest big data startup, which has just received funding from Accel Partners Big Data Fund to the tune of $4.3 million, and is effectively aiming to bridge that final frontier by revolutionizing data science, making the data itself easier to rearrange and manipulate. Behind Trifacta... more »
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Is Social Scoring for Attention Whores? Where's the Value?

Have you ever heard of “attention whores”?  If not, then here’s my definition: these are people, belonging to any gender, who post nonsense on their social networking account/s in the hopes of getting people to like/share/comment on their post. Example: updating status saying the world sucks only to say they don’t want to talk about it when someone asks.  Or how about someone uploading a nice photo of themselves then putting a caption such as “OMG! I look so ugly! I hate this photo!”, garnering numerous comments assuring them that they are not ugly. Now that we’ve clarified that, I’ll get to... more »
Presidential Debate Most Tweeted Political Event because of Big Bird

Presidential Debate Most Tweeted Political Event because of Big Bird

The internet is abuzz with talk of last night’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  Many were debating who between the two won the debate, but others focused on other things that happened during the event like how moderator Jim Lehrer was “steamrolled” by the two candidates, too lenient to handle an initial meeting of such gravity.  We highly doubt Lehrer is happy to have become a trending topic on Twitter for his lacklustre performance. Turns out last nights debate was the most talked about presidential debate in history, and you'd think it's because people... more »
Oracle OpenWorld: NASA's Vu Nguyen Talks Big Data and Mars Curiosity Project

Oracle OpenWorld: NASA's Vu Nguyen Talks Big Data and Mars Curiosity Project

The Mars Rover has been big news for several weeks, so it is no surprise that it continues to grab headlines even at Oracle OpenWorld this week. The Cube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Vu Nguyen, Infrastructure Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the event. Nguyen revealed some details about NASA's big data strategy. Vu Nguyen spoke at OpenWorld about NASA's Mars Curiosity Project, which is essentially the science laboratory that NASA has remotely established on the red planet. By understanding Mars geology better, Nguyen explained, people can better understand the geology of earth. The... more »

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- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.